As we approach the anniversary of the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly, Rev Christel Erving, Anti-Trafficking Project Coordinator, reflects on an event held last week to kick-start our Diocese’s response to eradicate modern slavery across the Liverpool city region.
“Over 50 people from around our region gathered at Liverpool Cathedral to address the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking. Our aim is to draw together partners from across our region already working in this complex and challenging field. Everyone felt the event was a resounding success -a crucial step towards greater collaboration and increasing the impact we can have on the lives of some of the most vulnerable in our communities.
Working together to help eradicate all forms of oppression and injustice is a key intention for us as a Diocese, largely because we recognise it as part of the imperative, which we share along with all Christians to do so. However, it also forms part of a wider picture that encompasses the hopes and desires of many people of all faiths and those of none. That is, to live in a world in which every person is treated with the rights owed to them as a human being, regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, sexuality, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
The most-translated document in the world, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, contains 30 separate articles detailing the rights that every human being is entitled to. Article 4 of the declaration states: No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms. The 10th
December this year marks the start of a year-long campaign to celebrate the 70th
anniversary of this momentous document’s formation.
As a Diocese, throughout this year and beyond, we will continue to work to find ways in which we can tackle practices and structures which diminish the humanity of any individual or group.”
Find out more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
If you want to get involved in our work to tackle modern slavery in our region, contact Rev Christel Erving, Anti-Trafficking Project Co-ordinator.